Randhawa shows signs of form, Chopra stays in lead

Johor Bahru (Malaysia): Jyoti Randhawa, desperately in need of a good finish to bolster his ranking and confidence, was four-under through five holes in the third round of the rain-hit Iskandar Johor Open which was reduced to a 54-hole affair on Saturday.

Randhawa, who shot 69 and 70 in the first two rounds, rose with four birdies in five holes in the third when play was halted due to bad weather.

From three-under at 49th after the second round, he rose to 16th at seven-under for the tournament. He was six behind the leader Daniel Chopra, who played just one hole in the third round and the whole day today.

Only two other Indians made the cut. Shiv Kapur, one-under through eight in third round and five-under for the tournament, was 29th and Rahil Gangjee, even through five in third and also even for the tournament, was 51st.

With the cut coming at two-under 140, prominent Indians missing the cut included Jeev Milkha Singh (73-68) by one shot, Anirban Lahiri (71-71), Gaurav Ghei (73-70), Himmat Rai (75-69) and Sujjan Singh (73-71).

Chopra will defend a two-shot advantage over 17 holes after organisers reduced the Iskandar Johor Open to a 54-hole affair today.

Chopra, a two-time PGA Tour winner, was 13-under after playing the first hole before play was suspended at 3pm local time due to heavy downpour at the USD 2 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.


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